March 24 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

There is an average of 283,000 U.S. emergency department visits each year for youth who sustain a sports and recreation-related concussion. However, as many as 50 percent of concussions may be unreported. Signs of a concussion include dizziness, blurred vision, slurred words, appearing dazed, walking or running off balance, headache, or a change in sleep patterns – just to name a few.

March 22 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Wearing an approved motorcycle helmet has shown to be effective safety equipment to prevent brain injuries and deaths for riders. According to the CDC, helmets reduce the risk of head injuries from motorcycle crashes by 69 percent and deaths by 37 percent. An estimated 60 motorcyclist lives in Missouri were saved by helmet use in 2017. The economic cost savings from motorcycle helmet use for that year in Missouri was more than $100 million.

March 21 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Thank you for serving our country Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Military personnel as well as Veterans. Military personnel can experience brain injury from combat connected or civilian life activities through a stroke, fall, car crash, or other incident. TBI is associated with an increased risk of mental health conditions for military personnel.

March 18 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

Helmets can prevent 85 percent of bicycle related head and brain injuries. In 2020, 938 bicyclists died on U.S. roads due to accidents, which is why it is important to always wear your helmet. Bicyclists with the most fatalities are individuals between the ages of 60 and 64. Riders between the ages of 15 and 20 have the highest bicycle-related injury rate. Cyclists of all ages at all times, should wear a properly-fitted, approved helmet.

March 17 Brain Injury Fact of the Day

The rural death rate in Missouri from motor vehicle crashes is more than double the urban rate. Accidents on rural roadways result in more deaths due to curvier roads, higher driving speeds, lower seatbelt use among some age groups, and limited healthcare infrastructure to meet the emergency needs of the person. Seatbelt use saves lives and reduces brain injuries.

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